July 19th 2016



Clerk: Jeff Downham,

Email: thursbypc@gmail.com

Tel No 07795484126

 Thursby Parish Council meeting

Tuesday 19th July


 Minutes of meeting

 Council Members: Cllrs Wendy Bowe (Chair), Peter Hunter (Vice Chair) Ken Peerless, David Pattinson and Maggie Howard.

 Cumbria County Council:

 Allerdale Borough Councillor: Pat MacDonald

 Members of the public: 3

 Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham

 258/7/16 – Apologies – Cllr Fairbairn

259/7/16 – Declaration of interests – Cllrs Bowe and Pattinson declared an interest in the sports and recreation, Cllr Pattinson in the Story Development.

260/7/16 – Dispensations – None

 261/7/16 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meeting of the 21st June 2016 were agreed as being correct and signed by the chair.

 262/7/16 – Chairs announcementsOn Sunday 7 August the Playing Fields Committee are holding a ‘Community Help Day’ where we will be asking the community to come along and help with some general tidying up of the playing fields, play area, and flower beds, and to learn more about the exciting plans that are being developed for the site.

The event will start at 1.30pm and will be followed by sandwiches at the Ship Inn at around 4.30pm. All are welcome, so please feel free to bring along the family, and we can make a real difference to this fantastic community asset.

 263/7/16 – Public Participation – Concern was expressed regarding the content of the highway response to the Story planning application and the option of funding an independent highways assessment of the planning application. As yet no costs or organisation had been identified to carry out this work, neither had it been agreed who would fund it and a discussion was had as to whether the parish council could contribute. Clerk to establish with CALC the legal position of parish councils funding independent assessments for planning applications. 

The question of whether Allerdale’s development control panel could make a site visit before deciding on the planning application was raised and both the clerk and Cllr MacDonald will make this request.

It was raised that the access only signs at the entrance to Matty Lonning from the Paddocks end was obstructed by the hedge, clerk to contact highways.

An instance had occurred of someone using a quad bike on the recently developed jubilee field, the council re-iterated that the use of a quad bike on the field was not acceptable.

 264/7/16 –

Reports from: –

Cumbria Police

There has been 6 incident/s reported to the Police for the area of Thursbysince the last meeting on the 21st June 2016.

Please see a breakdown of those incidents below for the public interest:

  • On the 29th of June there was a report to the police of a two vehicle road traffic collision on the A596 in the area of Thursby. Police, ambulance and recovery attended the scene.
  • On the 2nd and 11th of July on three separate occasions police were informed regarding the manner of driving on three vehicles, observations were passed to police in the area.
  • On the 8th July on the A595 in the area of Thursby there was a report to the police of a 5 vehicle road traffic Collison and the road blocked. Police attended the scene along with ambulance and a recovery for the damaged vehicles. Three persons were taken to hospital.

Cumbria County Council – Emailed response to questions raised at the last meeting, the Thursby Roundabout is dealt with by Connect Roads, also Matty Lonning restricted access signage is legally enforceable. The police are the enforceable organisation.

Allerdale Borough CouncilCllr MacDonald confirmed that she would request the development control panel make a site visit prior to deciding on the Story planning application.

 265/7/16 – Milestone restoration project – Following an offer from a Mr TG Moore to restore the milestones within Thursby Parish for a nominal charge to cover his expenses, Councillors resolved that as this would be at a minimal cost to the council to allow Mr Moore to do this.

266/7/16 – Jubilee field play area grass cutting – Discussion was had as to whether the council should continue to fund grass cutting of the play area. They resolved to contact the sports and recreation committee and offer the services of the council’s grass cutting contractor but that the council could not continue to pay for this service.

267/7/16 – Community Plan update – No update

268/7/16 – Parish Signage – Following guidance from the planning department at Allerdale BC, councillors resolved to meet on Saturday 13th August to walk Thursby village to look at village signage, and to identify other issues that could be brought back to council meeting. Dates to visit other parts of the parish to be decided following this

 269/7/16 – Unsightly daffodils on grassed areas – An issue had been raised about how unsightly the daffodils looked on the green area outside the Ship Inn once they had finished flowering, and with the grass being cut around them until they had died back. Councillors resolved that the benefits of the flowers in spring outweighed the 6 weeks of them dying back and felt no further action need be taken.

 270/7/16 – Obstructed footpath access, Greenwood Close/ Greenwood House- Overgrown hedging has been obstructing the footpath, councillors resolved to contact highways to report this.

 271/7/16 – Parking area outside the church – Councillors discussed whether to mark the tarmac road outside the church as parking to avoid any confusion as to whether this is passing place, should the Story development go ahead. Councillors resolved that this would make no difference to traffic flow should planning permission be granted.

 272/7/16 – Parish councillor’s walkabout – As agreed under parish signage item

 273/7/16 – Other reports: –

 Clerks Report for items not on agenda July 2016

Letters to relevant users and article in Throstle regarding unsuitable traffic using Matty Lonning

Ordered dog two boxes of bags from Allerdale and now available from the Parish Hall

Arranged with Allerdale for dog waste bin on Thornby road following complaint from resident of dog mess on the road.

Contacted highways regarding overhanging trees near the Methodist chapel, the cattle warning sign on the bypass and the grass verge on the corner of Matty Lonning and Church Road.

Letter to school re speeding traffic on estate, the school had had a complaint themselves and had put something in their newsletter.

Weed killing now completed with the invoice coming in at £30 cheaper than was initially quoted.

Thursby Parish Hall – No report

 Broadband – No report

 Thursby School –  The school finishes for the summer holidays on Thursday with the school headmistress reporting good SAT results well above the national average.

 274/7/2016 – Planning: –

 2/2016/0070 – Story Homes – Noise assessment – Councillors agreed that there were issues regarding the revised noise assessment and resolved to produce some points to raise before the planning committee.

  2/2016/0416 – Story Homes- Temporary change of use to provide new temporary access, site compound sales area in association with housing development adjacent. – Councillors resolved to object to this application as it was making a presumption that the application for the 69 homes be granted.

 2/2016/0417- Story Homes- Advertisement consent for the temporary siting of 4 flags and 1 advertisement board – Councillors resolved to object to this application as it was making a presumption that the application for the 69 homes be granted

 Planning Decision Notices: – None


275/7/16 – Payments of Accounts

The council agreed the following payments: –

  • Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £331.00
  • PAYE – (Standing Order) – £82.80
  • Clerks expenses – £65 – 439
  • ISS – £648.46 – 436 – 440
  • Play inspection report – £67.20 – 441

 276/7/16 – Accounts

The financial statement as at 30th June 2016 was agreed and signed by the council chair.

 Date of next meeting – It has been agreed that the next meeting will take placeat 7.30pm Tues 20th September 2016 in Thursby Parish Hall


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